WACO, TX — More than 200 Challenger Little League athletes had the chance to take the field alongside the nationally ranked Baylor Bears Saturday to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Saturday was the 10th annual Shriners Hospitals for Children Classic College Youth Experience.
Although the event was moved indoors due to the rain, the smiles never faded as the athletes had a chance to bat, play catch with the Bears and learn a few pointers, too.
"Baseball's incredible. It offers opportunities for everyone, whether it's kids with disabilities or college baseball players. God made a sport where people can come out and just bond with one another and feed off the energy of one another and it's pretty special and pretty humbling," Cody Bradford, a left-handed pitcher for the Bears, said.
"It's really fun for them to have their own baseball to play and do like a lot of fun things," Claudette Daily, the twin sister of Challenger Little League athlete, Nicholas, said.
Baylor Baseball and Shriners Hospitals for Children have teamed up for this event since 2012.
KXXV proudly sponsored a team for the event.